A new restaurant — and a new hotel — is coming to SouthPark this spring. Fine & Fettle, a new American restaurant in the Canopy by Hilton SouthPark, is targeting an April 24 opening.
Executive chef Daniel Wheeler is behind the menu, which will include a mix of small plates and dishes served family style — like a roasted guinea hen with Carolina gold rice risotto, crispy kale, and roasted mushrooms.
Most recently, Wheeler was the executive chef at Dot Dot Dot, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant in Park Road Shopping Center. Dot Dot Dot is known for its cocktail program, but Wheeler’s menu received plenty of praise as well. Wheeler also worked in kitchens in Hickory and Morganton.
The menu for Fine & Fettle is currently in development, but there are a few standouts so far, Wheeler says. The Spanish octopus is one. It comes with harissa romesco sauce, housemade guanciale, roasted carrots, pickled red carrots, and a squid ink tuile.
Dishes will range in price from $17-$30. Wheeler recommends two to three dishes per person to share with the table.
Fine & Fettle won’t be your typical hotel restaurant, Wheeler says. “We’re not your cookie-cutter brand.”
Hilton’s Canopy boutique hotels all feel a little different, designed to fit the city they’re in. Canopy by Hilton SouthPark will draw from the neighborhood’s history with “millwork finishes, marble countertops, and subtle earth tones throughout.” Wheeler says the restaurant will also have a touch of old world English influence, inspired by the city’s origins.
This will be the first Canopy hotel in the Carolinas. Its exact location is 4905 Barclay Downs Drive, across the street from SouthPark mall.
The 50-seat restaurant will keep its color palette neutral with pops of orange, Wheeler says. Fine & Fettle will also have a patio with limited seating.
Beyond looks, having the Canopy brand means that Wheeler can be creative with the menu. He says he’s most excited about “the freedom to play and bring in local goods and artisans that are very close to home and important to me.”